Introduction After a breast augmentation surgery, I usually recommend getting lymphatic massages during the recovery period. I believe that massaging the breasts gently is important for the patient’s health and to the healing process. This can also help with positioning the augmented breasts (sometimes round silicone implants tend to stay high in the breasts and the appearance immediately after the surgery is one of a bodybuilder). With a lymphatic massage, you can temporarily improve the appearance of your breasts, as well as relax from the massage. Today, we are going to discuss the lymphatic system and the benefits of the lymphatic massage after breast augmentation surgery. About the lymphatic system The lymphatic system in our body has major role to our wellbeing, even if in many cases, it is completely neglected. In order to fully understand its significance, we need to know a few things about the functioning mechanism of this mysterious system in our bodies. Lymph is the fluid that bathes all the cells in our body. It is found either in the spaces in between the cells (interstitial lymph), or in special lymphatic channels (vascular lymph). The complex role of lymph in the body can be described as follows: Drainage (we can also call it “cleaning”): this is one of the main roles of the lymph. Interstitial lymph plays the role of carrier and drainer of the cells’ garbage, while the vascular lymph can be considered as a big drainage system, focused specifically on draining the residual substances around the intestinal area. Nutrition: the interstitial lymph plays the role of intermediary to the cells and the blood and ensures their nutrition, while the vascular lymph ensures the transport of digested and absorbed fat during the digestion process. Immunity: the lymph nodules, situated in certain positions along the lymph vessels, have an important role to the body’s immunity. It is considered as the real centers of lymphocytes formation, which are cells that represent the immunity memory of the body. When there is a certain infection or inflammation, the lymphocytes are the ones that go to the designated area immediately and get the information regarding the type of intruders. They will then determine what antibodies will allow the body to defeat/fight different infections. Also, there are other immunity complex reactions that occur on the lymph nodules in case of a disease. When to perform the lymphatic massage after breast augmentation surgery? Specialists advise to do this massage early in the morning, preferably immediately after waking up. Once you get used to the movements that need to be performed, and they become firmer and firmer, this massage shouldn’t take longer than five to seven minutes. If we want to get faster positive results from the lymphatic massage, we can also perform it in the evenings, an hour before going to bed. The lymphatic massage needs to be performed three or four times per week. It is best to avoid performing the massage daily, but still possible. However, after a week of doing the massage daily, it is recommended to take a break of a minimum of four to five days. If you do the daily massages for a long period of time, its beneficial effects might diminish due to numbness around the tactile receptors in the skin. The indication for when you need the manual lymph drainage massage: Post-traumatic edema and post-operative edema Afflictions of a circulatory origin such as lymph insufficiency, varicosity, varicose ulcer, cellulite, Meniere syndrome Respiratory afflictions such as asthma and bronchitis Rheumatism related afflictions Infections such as sinusitis, mononucleosis, the flu Afflictions of the nervous system such as stress, insomnia, migraines Obesity with water retention The effects of the lymphatic massage are the following: It strengthens the immune system through the stimulation of the lymphatic nodules. It creates a dynamic of the lymph circulation in the intercellular spaces. It accelerates the lymph current and the elimination of toxic residues. It carries along the toxins that are blocking the physiological processes. It intensifies the nutritive exchanges and the elimination of the toxins from the body. It makes the transport of fatty acids and cholesterol easier. Through massage, the lymphatic current is intensified up to 10 times. Contraindications of the lymphatic massage This type of massage also has contraindications, this is why it is important to talk to your doctor before choosing this procedure: Bronchial asthma (acute infection caused by bacteria, viruses or allergens) Eczema Cardiac insufficiency Hyperthyroidism Tuberculosis Malign tumors (out of the fear that cancer might spread) Major cardiac issues, etc. The advantages of the methods are obvious even after just a few massage sessions: the patient feels less tired and the energetic points are revitalized. The number of sessions to be performed on each patient is a case-by-case basis. Conclusion After the breast augmentation surgery, most plastic surgeons will suggest lymphatic massage sessions to help the implants get to their position sooner and to achieve a healthy condition. The lymphatic massages have numerous benefits for the patient suffering from other conditions too. For this reason, we have had patients saying they performed the massage as it was recommended after the breast augmentation procedure, but they have noticed that they could sleep better, function better, and feel more energetic and fresh. The lymphatic massage will help your body get rid of the toxins faster and more efficiently. As we are all aware, a clean and healthy body can heal faster and better than a body under a lot of stress and produce toxins throughout the body.